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Katey Springle Lempka has been at 2 events

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Sarah Rios38,439WHOVIANSMark your calendars... and your arms.http://imgur.com/lP0i5Xj(Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101453162215777563254/posts/ED4yBRm41su)Edit: Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/150522868436180THE SILENCE2013-04-23 08:00:001282 
Triangle Google+ HIRL306It is 2013 and it is going to be the year of Google+.  We are already seeing an increase in interest so let's get together and talk about it.  The event will be at Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant in Brier Creek near the Target Greatland.  At the end of lunch the "gurus" will be doing a 5 to 10 minute speech on something to walk away with.  Just being able to try something new in the months of January and February should be worth the price of admission. I hope to see everyone there.  January Triangle Google+ HIRL2013-01-15 11:30:0037 

Katey Springle Lempka has been shared in 108 public circles

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John Wood14,205If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this postIf you would like to be removed from future circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future.#topofthepeople   #influencermarketing  #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday  #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle2014-09-17 10:38:20500121215
Becky Collins15,718 TV / TELEVISION Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-26 05:30:28464548
My-beez1,207Best engaged circles members :#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #topcircles2014-07-03 20:20:31501139
My-beez1,207Best engaged circles members :#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #topcircles2014-07-03 20:20:16501017
Hillary and Michelle0CIRCLE sharing  By MeTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#circle   #share   #sharecircle   #circleshare   #folow   #food   #recipes   #foodpicture   #foodrecipes  2014-07-02 16:19:27500206
Moan Lisa31,113Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle30 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-30 14:06:373009188101
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
Shinta putri anggun2291. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle! #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional #artisticgoogle  2014-04-26 16:19:094049526
Dylan Cuffy10,308#WhatLiesAground Well...you've been waiting for days, so I'll give it to you now.Welcome to the final edition of what I now dub the Fab 500! Time to say hello (and happy Easter) to this bunch of fine folks. Eleven here, not the usual ten, because someone's account went bye-bye without a word:• +Louie Baur, +Empire Avenue stalwart; ask for him whenever you want aerial views of your car dealership• +Alexander Moschella, a furry who also thrives on +Fiverr• +Juan Reyes (poet hailing from Texas; not that +Juan Reyes, our last milestone man. Thanks, +A Long!)• +Karen Woodward (yet another lit geek; thanks, +Sarah Brown!)• +Philippe TREBAUL (circled through an Empire mission)• +Domenico Mallimo (who had another milestone of his own—15,000 followers—the other day)• +Chris Voss (who recently gave FB users a compelling reason to switch to G+ or elsewhere)• +Kenneth Burchett (follower #10,000 of mine; also, a spot in my Marigot Magic dedication)• +Ray Hamlet (Dominica's second-best on G+)• +Angie Person (another Caribbean user, this time from Aruba; thanks, 2014-04-20 21:55:195001012
Shinta putri anggun201please1.share2.click +13.comment thank you #artists   #indonesia #circlesharing   #circleshare #adult   #tourism #facebookmarketing   #facebook #googleplustips  2014-04-19 13:16:385010121
Jessica Anggoela0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2014-04-06 08:16:36501404
Jessica Anggoela0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2014-04-06 08:15:27501217
Dylan Cuffy9,742#WhatLiesAground  (originally posted March 29)Ten more followers till this Fab circle is done. Say hello to +Brandon Leibowitz and the others I don't have time to remember (since I added them many weeks ago). If Jingles says "mentioned in post", then you're already there. Enjoy your night, fellows!NEXT UPDATE: 500 followers, ETA sometime in early April.2014-03-30 00:00:09490308
Carms Perez47,102Here's a circle with amazing women to follow on G+! My most recent find is+Kristen Macready  who is very engaging and always has a positive and uplifting word to say! Do you know any other amazing G+ women that I'm missing in this circle? Please mention them in the comments! :) #ns  2014-02-26 23:30:07425809
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Kimberly Hurlbut29,256New to G+? Just need more entertainment in your stream? THIS is the circle for you!This shared circle includes:* Artists   * Geeks   * Comedians   * Writers   * Engagers   * Original Posters   * Awesome and Amazing Individuals   * Some Well Known and Some Little Known G+ers   * Add more positive adjectives here:                  .I'm posting this despite the recent debate and ban by some people on shared circles that is apparently going on, but I know that if I hadn't grabbed awesome shared circles at the beginning of my G+ experience I would not still be here! Please help the newbies or the G+ers that need new and GREAT content in their stream by adding this circle and sharing. If I have included you and you would like to be removed please let me know. Thank you and have a nice day. :o)2014-01-23 09:53:358714816
Mikhail Petrovsky63,015Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-23 02:07:25499361558
Artur M.35,689A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2014-01-20 07:58:29390351165
Dylan Cuffy7,660#WhatLiesAground Duplicating the Fab 400+ here, just for +CircleCount tracking purposes. (Beats me why they skip community posts, as I've recently discovered.)(For +Jens Graikowski, +Michael Q Todd, +Justin Matthew, and +Daniel Stock.)2014-01-08 23:53:05450001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:57100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:14100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 04:58:2110013814
Mikhail Petrovsky59,452This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-26 04:10:46500421768
Vladimir Samsonov23,645Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-07 14:41:42475452869
Vivi Amb541CIRCLE TO HAVE TODAY !My best Google + Users to FollowSpecial thanks to all off us !This Circle will Grow if :1 - You add Contacts creating a new Circle (if this is not done)2 - Share and +1 the circle#circles #circle   #circlesharing #circleshare2013-11-25 00:28:09239509
Robert Partridge21,157My "We Will Rock You" CircleI don't often share out my own circles - usually only about 2x a year.  I present to you my "We Will Rock You" circle ... these people make my Google+ experience really rock!  This is a very diverse crowd of really terrific folks.  My thanks to all of them for sharing great content and commenting/+1/sharing my stuff as well! #WeWillRockYou   #CircleShareSunday   2013-11-24 20:39:011801111282
Dustin W. Stout26,662The Most Creative and Inspiring People on Google+As the first of my #circlesplosion  shares, this crowd-curated circle is comprised of those people who have been personally endorsed as some of the most creative and inspiring people on Google+.These folks are artists, designers, photographers, crafters, painters, musicians, videographers, marketers, and all around creators of things here on Google+.If you're a creator of things and want to connect with more people who create and inspire, add this circle.  Keep watch of the people in this stream and connect with the people you resonate with. About #circlesplosionAs I discussed in my introduction to #circlesplosion  (here - dustn.tv/circlesplosion/) managing and curating your circles will ultimately give you the greatest experience here on Google+. In an effort to connect people with passion, with other people with those same passions, I have resolved to share these crowd-curated circles with the world. I hope this group gives you as much value as it has me! Have a great monday everyone!  #creativity   #inspiration   #sharedcircles  2013-11-11 19:47:102367442116
Till von Bracht1,689Health is wealth! Share this circle and learn how to live a healthy life! #sharedcircles #circle #circleshare #health #healthcircle #sharedcircle  2013-09-26 12:22:50306024
Keith Bloemendaal11,881Superstar Engager Circle Sundayif you were notified, you are in it and THANKS for the interaction this week!Had a good week of engagement this week due to a couple of write epic shit articles, shares from some highly engaged peeps, and just overall having a great group of peeps following me :-)This Is Not A Circle JerkThere is only one way to get in, engage with me either on Plus or on bizhax.com ... that's it. Have conversations, even if they are debates. Add these people to your circles, and you are sure to have more engagement on your posts (of course that is based on what you post as well). Thank YouEvery Sunday I pool together all the people that had real engagement with me and make this circle. This week, less than 100 people are in it, it is a small but powerful group. I thank you all for making my experience on Plus better. Upcoming Epic ShitThis morning I am starting to work on a post on how I find, vet, and curate topical circles on my interests. It is a process, and as with anything else, it isn't easy or set it and forget it type shit. I have started a Notification Circle and will add anyone that wants in it. What will happen is I will notify you 1-3 times a week, either when I publish a post, share something I think is of huge value, or just post something I think you will be interested with here on Plus. Let me know in the comments if you want to be in this notification circle. Have a real conversation with me if you want in the #superstarengagers    circle next week.Have a great Sunday!2013-09-01 12:57:479839529
Keith Bloemendaal11,512Superstar Engager Circleif you were notified, you are in itOk, here it is. This growing circle of people are engagers. If you want people that will engage with you, add them. Well, let me rephrase that, if your content is worth interacting with, then these people will add to it. I don't get in Circle Jerk Shared Circle RingsRead more here on that topic: http://bizhax.com/google-circle-shares-stay-away-from-the-chainsPeriod. This is no chain, you don't have to plus one, comment, and share to get on it. You need to add value and have real conversations with me in my posts to get on it. Real conversations. This is my way of saying thanks, and sharing these peeps with my followers so we can curate actual engagement on each others posts. If you are a spammer, don't bother adding this circle, it won't help you any. Other Circles I am CuratingI have a few specific circles I am working on building the same type of engagement in. <> Real Estate - Being a builder, I like to interact with others in that industry, and this includes Realtors. This circle is people I have added that are in #realestate , #mortgage , #finance , etc... and they are actually engaging with me/others on mine/their posts. <> Images/Photography - I love to take/share images I take with my phone. This circle I am building has other people interested in images and they engage with me on mine. Again, the way to get on these circles is simple:Be Social :-)2013-08-18 17:55:259549832
Robert Partridge15,628ALPHA TEAM CIRCLE SHAREI don't share out my own circles very often, but seeing as I've just done some fairly substantial maintenance on them recently I felt it was time to do so again.Presenting my Alpha Team circle ... yes I have circles Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc ...  This circle is where I spend majority of my time on Google+.  These are the people and pages I try to follow most closely.  You'll find a bit of variety among this crowd but overall this is a stellar group of people! #CircleShareSunday   #CircleShare  2013-08-04 05:22:31194723678
Kimberly Hurlbut19,731Favorite G+ersJust sharing my favorite people on G+ circle again! Please add the circle if you want awesome content in your stream and great engagement! Please reshare!2013-07-19 00:11:4910014010
New Online Dramas4,1972013-07-18 08:17:4049814618
Jake Kern24,894The Silver DonutBeen wanting to do a circle share for a while, but I just haven't wanted to put in the work to get a group of 100 for another #GoldenDonut. Instead, I grabbed the top 500 from my Google relevancy algorithm. Then I removed a couple people who don't like being in circle shares & some pages so I could stretch the 500 a bit. (For instance, both +Melissa Bagley & +Melissa Ann Bagley Photography would be in the circle--in the top 25, actually--but I just included Melissa's personal profile even though you should circle both.)Many amazing people in here. Thank you for making this corner of the Internet worthwhile.Peace. #SilverDonut  2013-07-13 22:19:3849915024134
Kimberly Hurlbut16,859Favorite G+ersI'm sharing my circle of favorite people, again, after taking the time to create it yesterday. :-) Just a fairly small circle of people full of amazing posts and engagers. These people will make G+ a better place for you. :o) Please add and reshare!#CircleShareSunday  2013-07-07 18:57:0510017319
Kimberly Hurlbut16,610The Favorites!I haven't shared a circle in a few weeks because I've been too lazy to get on the computer to create one. Since I was doing circle maintenance I thought this was the perfect time to put together some of my favorite people that make G+ awesome for me!These people create original posts, are artistic, intelligent and want to share their knowledge with the world, or just people that have made me laugh and engage with me often. I tried keeping the circle size fairly small so you're not hit with too many people at once.... So please  add this circle and share share share these favorites of mine! :o)2013-07-06 17:11:2910022210
Mz Maau10,204I rarely share circles, and I regret to inform, this is not the promised #CircleDirk , rather, it's a circle I've been semi-maintaining since last spring, when it was created for +Pierce Arner to jump-start his Plus experience.Today, I'm resharing the current version on behalf of +Søren Dalsgaard Brath, who, like Pierce, is looking for new content for his stream.I figure he and I probably have a chunk of overlap, so I've added a few extras he might not yet know about.Some notes about the curation of this circle:I've tried to set aside those who have not posted recently, and I've tried to only include those who post publicly, or to extended circles.  I may have missed a few, and if you're in this circle and would like to be permanently removed, please let me know.This is not the final version, as I'm not sure such a thing is possible.This circle DOES come with a warning:You will, most likely, NOT enjoy everyone in this circle.  I, like many, have eclectic tastes, and I'm still a bit gun-shy after seeing some of the explosions from last year's crossing of the streams, so PLEASE, edit this circle to your liking with that in mind.If I ping you, you're in the circle.  There is no expectation or requirement to add this circle, it's merely a courtesy ping.  Again, if you would like to be removed from any future circle shares, please let me know.And yes, I promise, I'm still working on the #CircleDirk .Also note:  This is NOT an indication of who I like best, though some are included in this circle.  It is simply meant to be a sample of the diversity I follow.#PinkAndFluffyPersonsOfQuestionableRepute2013-06-22 16:38:09164143576
Dylan Cuffy2,364#WhatLiesAground And to start things off with the circle showcase, this is "Following", my main group. If you see "shared directly" with this message in your notifications, you're already included there--newcomer +Jens Graikowski included!If you want to add some variety to your stream, please add this and give it a try. Every kinda people makes our world go round!2013-05-30 00:24:32165202
Robert Partridge6,475Alpha Team Circle ShareI've been in a few circle shares of late and realized that I haven't shared a circle in a very long time.  I present to you without further delay my Alpha Team circle (as opposed to Bravo or Charlie).  This is where I spend probably 95% of my time on G+.  In this group you'll find something of almost everything.  IMHO they're the best G+ has to offer!  Show them some love! #CircleShareSunday  2013-05-19 13:31:4113838247
Dede King0Star Stuff Circle"We are all connected: To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the Universe, atomically."  - Neil Degrasse Tyson...And through G+, algorithmically. Thanks for the relevance. If you're new to G+, this is a pretty good circle if you want to liven up your stream or you're in the mood to pop a blood vessel or two. IJS. Have a happy Friday. #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   2013-05-17 14:34:4948121641208
Stephanie Calahan842FABULOUS WOMEN ON G+ Part 2 of 4My goal was to crowdsource a list of Fabulous Woman on G+ that are Actively posting and Engaging on Google+.  I had originally expected maybe 50 names.  Much to my surprise and #Gratitude, I received over 400+ comments filled with love and positive energy to help curate this list of well over 1311 beautiful people. I would say this was a success and now I'm sharing with everyone PUBLIC.  I hope you will share it far and wide too.  #Google+ will only allow me to share 500 at a time, so the list has been broken down in to 4 circles.  Groups 1-4 do not indicate any specific preference to any woman.  I would have shared one massive circle if I was allowed.Fabulous Women on G+ Part 1 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/Srvv4xzeuYmWhat You Can Do Now------------------------------------* Add these circles to your own circles by pressing the "View shared circle" button below. Then you can either add it to an existing circle of yours or add it as a new circle by giving it a new name. I've labeled mine "Fabulous Women on G+".  (You won't be able to see the circle on mobile or ipad -- you must be on a desktop or laptop.)  See other G+ quirks below.* Once you've added it, I recommend visiting the stream for this circle and browsing through it to see what you find interesting, encouraging, and enlightening. Then, share some love by commenting, +1ing or sharing the posts of your sisters!* Please note, this is a very diverse group of women.  You're likely to see some people in these circles who will see, understand, or experience things differently than you.  They may or may not share your similar interests.  With that in mind, a few suggestions:     -- If you disagree with someone's views, you can very easily remove them from your circle.     -- Please post public vs to these circles directly.  Each of us has separate preferences on notifications and we want to lift one another up, not bog down notifications.  I hope you all see some increased activity, make some new and inspired connections, and lift one another up as we share each other's brilliance.#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female 2013-05-09 17:30:57362381135
Onkar Singh Gujral12,137My Engagers CircleCircle of some wonderful plussers who engage with my posts. Why do I share this Circle?Because these are great plussers, who interact on posts they appreciate. If you have nice content, you might wanna add them.Also, this is my way of saying thanks to them!I am not Spamming1. I don't share myself in this circle2. Please leave a comment if you do not wish to be included in this circle3. This circle is not based on the share and be shared model Thanks!2013-02-25 03:56:09500446
K.W. McCabe7,715This is a really awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. If you would like to be included in this circle either comment or +1, add yourself to the circle, then share - enjoy!2013-02-12 19:37:52410437
K.W. McCabe7,678This is an awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. Add this circle, add yourself to it and share if you want to be included :-2013-01-14 03:47:46394164
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:03:14149000
Peter Smalley10,419#12daysofchristmas   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #writing   #aperfectwritingcircle  Dear Plustopians,Welcome to my Twelve Days Writing Circles of Christmas! Each shared public circle is full of fascinating, engaging Plussers, writers and other creative folk. I encourage you to add them, share them, and engage with them - I can personally guarantee they will fill your stream with ridiculous amounts of pure Awesome. Further, anyone who reshares one of these circles will be automatically entered in a drawing for one of twelve copies of my forthcoming hardboiled detective paranormal novella, Emerald City Blues! Bonus thing is bonus!Cheers, and happy holidays to all!2012-12-25 19:59:02958310
K.W. McCabe5,721This is a circle of awesome writers. If you would like to be added to this circle of writers - comment or +1 and I'll add you. Then make sure to add the circle, add yourself to the circle and share forward to get more follows by other writers :-)Get followers by:1.) Following people.2.) Getting in circle shares.Then share this circle and you will be in it.It's that simple.2012-12-04 13:54:03358404
Dede King0What I want for Christmas - An IndulgenceA few days ago I read about a 20 year old who had auctioned her virginity for $780 000. If the average man lasts 14 minutes (according to Men’s Health), that’s roughly $55 714 a minute. The deed will take place on a flight across the international waters to avoid prostitution charges. The sale of her ‘purity’ played word-association hopscotch across the canvass of my mind until I arrived at Martin Luther. More specifically his criticism of the “Sale of Indulgences” which is what led to the Protestant Reformation. Briefly, he criticized the Catholic Church for effectively allowing people the right to sin, then give alms to charity as a way of absolving them from that sin. It’s a sort of full or partial “amnesty from temporal punishment in the afterlife.” (I stand to be corrected. I'll wait.)As a matter of interest, the practice of Indulgence was initially abolished in the 60s, but in 2009 the church reintroduced it. They make it quite clear that you cannot, under any circumstances whatsoever, buy Indulgences. It’s a no-no, one they outlawed in 1567. You can only get an Indulgence through charitable and spiritualesque works :P So sin away and repent, but whatever you do, do not make that cheque out to Benedict XVI.To some, the 20 year old would be committing a few sins and her buyer a few more; to others it’s a stroke (well a few strokes, $780k worth actually) of pure genius. It’s quite the new age moral dilemma and what you think of the woman and the man will probably tell you a lot about yourself. My question is one that plays on this theme.If Indulgences (only acquired through charitable works) were not attached to Catholicism, if it was legal and practiced by every country in the world, would we be living in a Utopia or Dystopia? To the Philosophy aficionados, I realise that the original meaning of the word ‘Utopia’ was ‘No place’ but in this context, I mean it as ‘An ideal society’. Comment to be added or removed from the circle. Yes. #Philosophy   #StrictlyPhilosophy  +Shared Circles on G+ +CIRCLES on Google+ +Full Circle +The Best Circles on Google+ 2012-11-26 14:13:12134126541
Dede King0I Missed My Cake DayThe 2 November 2011 was my cherry popping entry into the land of Plus. A year later and I can honestly say it's the best social network I've ever used. I can't remember a time, ever, when I've looked more insane smiling, laughing and scowling at a tech device in numerous coffee shops across the map.I just wanted to say thank you to the thousands of amazing people who've circled me, some of whom I've been privileged to meet and get to know. I wish circles weren't limited to 5000 and a 500 share so I could ping you all.So, Thank You (with a special nod, hugs and kisses to the top 12, yes even you) for making it fun, interesting, exciting, textless, pouncable, inflammatory, lollable, educational, thought provoking, melt worthy, smile inducing, loving, warm - just downright fantabulous.All my plusses they belong to you. Literally. Who else am I going to give it to ? Facebook?This link gave me my public plus stats - all of it is thanks to you :) http://www.allmyplus.com/u/107635094329792651474#startI must admit, I'm grateful I posted the more contentious topics limited. Aren't you? Everything is so pubic these days.Yes I meant to say pubic.Did you miss it? You're getting old.I wonder how many of these post scripts I can do before I run out of things to say.Are you still reading?Still?I need coffee.As always, have an amazing day, week, month, year x2012-11-08 09:07:0949964675
John Ward7,006This is our current Writer's Discussion Circle. I post to this group Monday through Friday once a day. All of the content I post to this group is exclusively about writing, marketing for writers, or discussion questions for the group. I also share a lot of article that contain information that every writer should know. If you'd like to join this group, add the circle and leave a comment here. I'll be happy to add you. Just be aware that I send out notifications with the posts-- so, you'll get one a day Monday through Friday.2012-11-04 13:09:26211301

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2014-09-17 14:57:41 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +1s) 

#Equalism  

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2014-09-11 03:11:38 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 66 +1s) 

#hipsters  

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2014-09-17 14:57:41 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +1s) 

#Equalism  

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2014-09-18 11:55:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

So much this.

I'm not strong for a girl. I'M JUST STRONG.___So much this.

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2014-09-17 20:16:25 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s) 

I love this movie for a thousand reasons. Here's one more.

LET ME POINT OUT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SCENE:

Here, Captain America - a hero in this film - is standing still while three other kinds of heroes, rush around to do their job. (this is in no way bashing Cap, he is simply standing still at this moment, most likely in shock/fatigue). A soldier, a BLACK COP and two firemen. While American’s super soldier is immobilized, our every day heroes are still fighting to ensure safety and peace. The fact that Marvel created this moment in their film, a film focused on the heroes, speaks yet again to their message that you don’t have to be a super, to be super.  ___I love this movie for a thousand reasons. Here's one more.

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2014-09-17 14:57:41 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +1s) 

#Equalism  

#Equalism  ___

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2014-09-17 11:50:05 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Aawwwww

I am (crocheted) Groot! Tiny Groot crochet pattern: http://j.mp/1o1Kq0L by TwinkieChan___Aawwwww

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2014-09-17 00:50:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s) 

Love it!

Love it!___

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2014-09-17 00:45:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Important upcoming holiday.

Who doesn't love free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and pirates?___Important upcoming holiday.

2014-09-16 13:20:54 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

In 20 years, will us old folk have to explain what "below the fold" actually meant to the younger generation?

In 20 years, will us old folk have to explain what "below the fold" actually meant to the younger generation?___

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2014-09-16 01:27:04 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s) 

+Bliss Morgan , this made me think of our fantastic song. <3
/giggles naughtily

via...ummm... +Mark Kaczynski (apparently I have a fabulous collection of Mark/cs)

These animated clips  to teach you how to tie several different kinds of knots. As survival skills go, this one is solid gold.....any good horse person should know at least three knots :  http://amzn.to/1BG67vp

Health Benefits Of Living Off The Grid : http://goo.gl/86LEpA___+Bliss Morgan , this made me think of our fantastic song. <3
/giggles naughtily

via...ummm... +Mark Kaczynski (apparently I have a fabulous collection of Mark/cs)

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2014-09-16 00:35:30 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s) 

I laughed and laughed. +Jason Lempka threatened not to bring me home with him.

#science #catholics  ___I laughed and laughed. +Jason Lempka threatened not to bring me home with him.

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2014-09-15 18:51:42 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s) 

/snortlaugh
/apologizes in advance
/laughs more

#pundaysunday___/snortlaugh
/apologizes in advance
/laughs more

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2014-09-15 18:44:12 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Genius. That +Matthew Inman is a cot damn genius. :D

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/music_industry___Genius. That +Matthew Inman is a cot damn genius. :D

2014-09-15 14:51:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Spotify recommended Avril Lavigne's album. I am digging the hell out of it. Also, I want her boots.

Spotify recommended Avril Lavigne's album. I am digging the hell out of it. Also, I want her boots.___

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2014-09-15 14:21:39 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 30 +1s) 

Buahahahahahahahah.

BREAKING: Microsoft buys Mojang, the maker of Minecraft

http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-agrees-to-acquire-creator-of-minecraft-1410786190___Buahahahahahahahah.

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2014-09-15 13:47:44 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

I do not think this bodes well, though I understand the creators needing to get themselves out from under this massive thing that Minecraft has become. 

Done
https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/___I do not think this bodes well, though I understand the creators needing to get themselves out from under this massive thing that Minecraft has become. 

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2014-09-15 13:24:04 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s) 

#truth  

___ #truth  

2014-09-14 23:00:35 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

This is an excellent summation of #gamergate.

Hi. I make games. I write about games. I get paid to make games. I used to get paid to write about games. I walked away from paid writing about games, because it was a pretty shitty, corrupt, jaded process that really flew in the face of why I wanted to write about games. 

I've talked to a lot of pro- #GamerGate  people over the past few days. I've tried to hear out as many as I could. It was hard. I want to first address why that was hard, then I want to try to address some of the trends between the reasonable, cool people I spoke with. 

First off, it's very difficult to wade through the hate. The signal to noise ratio is not good. In fact, it's terrible. If you're reasonable, and you want to have a conversation, it's difficult to do that when the person is hearing ten death threats and thirty insults for every single reasonable message. That mars any perception of credibility for a group that's invested heavily in credibility and ethics. 

Now, I've heard a few people say, "Point out the threats and insults when they happen! We'll report those people! They don't speak for us!" I've seen numerous people pointing these threats and harassments out. A couple of very bad times, I saw some people jump in, report, and otherwise shut down the threats. But more often than not (by a wide margin) what I saw was apologism and excuses for the threats and harassment. I saw a lot of "but this time it's warranted!" style messages. That doesn't help anyone. That doesn't build dialogue. 

So, if you want to know why there are prominent journalists right now talking about how gamer culture is toxic, and how gamers as a label are dead, this is why. Because even if you're rational, passionate, and wanting good things, your voice is being drowned out by loud, hateful, toxic people. 

A couple of days ago, I posted an email from the San Francisco Police Department verifying a police report placed by Anita Sarkeesian. Why? Because a muckraker accused her of lying, and drummed up a BUNCH of hate. His message had over six hundred reshares. His thread had dozens of people talking about how she needs to be imprisoned, how she needs to be shot, and how she's... you get the picture. So, I fact-checked. And I posted the results of that fact-checking. Did I get six hundred people recanting their threats, insults, and accusations? No. I got a couple dozen people threatening me, and a fuckton of people insulting me for DARING to fact-check a journalist. When, mind you, the Gamergate movement is supposedly about holding journalists accountable. Do you know how many messages came up to the effect of, "Oh. I shouldn't have jumped the gun and accused her without the facts?" None. None at all. 

So understand why a lot of us say, "This group of people is toxic." It's because a large majority of what we're experiencing is people doing very toxic things. There are some reasonable voices. But from where we stand, they're a stark minority. The movement is about accountability and ethics in journalism, yet the ONLY reaction I got from fact-checking a journalist was hate, denial, threats, and insults. From where I stand, calling Gamergate toxic and hateful isn't a far stretch at all, because it appears to be doing toxic and hateful things.

Yes, there's some positive. Yay, charities. But that's drowned out. And ironically, when we hear about a charity or otherwise positive thing, it's universally used as a method of attack. For example, there was a period where the Gamergate folks had it in their head that Zoe Quinn was lying about charitable donations. They'd trot out, "We aren't lying con artists! We really donate to charities!" Essentially, weaponizing charity. Then, I also heard a lot of people bragging when Zoe's donations were verified officially by the charities, because a group of (allegedly) thousands of people were able to donate more than a single independent game designer. Like seriously, very petty shit. 

So, corruption in journalism. Can I let you in on a secret? 

We want to have that conversation. We all do, with maybe a couple of exceptions. This is a conversation we've tried to have, and wanted to have for years. 

But why aren't we just sitting down and talking it over and smiling and playing games and shutting up about the feminisms? Basically, it's because we're having two completely different conversations. One's an insider conversation, informed about the industry. The other is an outsider conversation, based on half-truths, misunderstandings, and what we see as skewed priorities. 

On our side, a lot of journalists hate the nepotism, and most importantly, they hate the relationship the industry has with journalism. Because a while back ago, "games journalism" was essentially coopted as a marketing arm for certain AAA publishers. At that point, AAA publishers became gatekeepers for success in games journalism. It's awful, because we want to be talking critically. We want to be looking at games in different lights. We want to approach these works of art as works of art, and not just as the next success or flop. But that can't happen on any large scale, because of that corruption, because of the commercialism of it all. 

The way a lot of the Gamergate stuff looks to us really looks like some strange bizarro world where the games industry works completely different than it really does.

The biggest targets of Gamergate have been people who are frankly powerless in the games industry. People like Zoe Quinn and Phil Fish, they are not gatekeepers. They are not able to enact any real, significant influence on the industry. Most independent game jams, awards, and exhibitions are small groups of people, trying to make names for themselves in their little ponds. That's how independent artists work in pretty much every creative field. They can't compete with the game industry, so they're trying to carve out their own little micro industry, where they do their own things and have a captive audience. 

The people being targeted the most are small names, on the fringe of the industry. Even if these people all pat each other on the proverbial backs and promote each other into the ground with the corruption of a thousand watergates, their games will NEVER be as successful as even moderately popular indie games like Castle Crashers. We're talking about games that won't pay a single basic salary if successful. To these games, success doesn't look a lot different than failure. 

"SJWs" aren't affecting widescale change in video games. There's some minor change here and there. But most of it is shit that, if you weren't aware was changed, you wouldn't know was any different. If they get what they want, and that's a big if, the end result will be a few more games featuring a little more diversity, and maybe less rape and objectification. This will never, ever approach social justice change in major titles like Call of Duty. The SJWs know that. The Call of Duty developers are making Call of Duty. Nobody expects them to make something else. There's room for Call of Duty. Nobody is trying to take it away. Fuck, the ideal is ultimately MORE GAMES. This is a good thing. Experimental games move the industry forward, and make your core games better. Those games get to be the testing ground where we try out new ideas in a less risk adverse environment. 

Anita Sarkeesian? So far, a writer for an already very diverse game was influenced to cop to a trope in his games, and say he won't be using it again. Fundamentally, the game is still a manshooter game. Just, one story element will be swapped out for something else in the future, instead of recycling the same old thing. That's pretty much as far as her influence has gone. 

Here's why: She's not trying to enact and force change. She's pointing out trends, the way an art critic does. Some people might look to what she's saying, and ask for more exceptions from that trend. Some developers might see those trends in their work, and shift away. But she's never once said that games featuring sexist tropes should not be made. She even makes explicitly clear in every one of her videos that playing games with sexist tropes is okay, it's not wrong to have fun with those games. But, certain trends do influence attitudes, according to numerous scientific studies. She doesn't say these games will make you sexist. That would be stupid, since she, and numerous SJW types, have played these games. If she was saying that, and she's not, she would have to follow up her videos with, "I played this game. It made me sexist." 

Do you know what else this focus on Anita's doing? It's making your games worse. And I'm not saying, "Oh, if you leave Anita alone, she'll make games better". No. But right now, AAA game executives see people like Anita calling for diversity in games, and they're seeing people like Gamergate attacking them vehemently. They see SO much hate. They see 650 people retweeting the guy claiming she lied about a police report. This tells them that the market doesn't want diversity. This tells them to double down on boring, scruffy 30-something male protagonist with a dark past, blah, blah. When we look at games like Watch Dogs, and we think they could have done better if they were a little more ambitious, understand that people shitting on "SJWs" causes that risk averse, milquetoast game design. 

You can have discussions about Anita's points. But understand that she's making critique. A lot of it is subjective. A lot of it relies on specific definitions that she gives. For example, it's popular to attack her use of Hitman as an example of Women as Background Decoration. However, the only way it's not a valid example is if you're not actually using her definition. Essentially, you're throwing out her thesis and applying a different thesis to her examples. That's not fair, and it's not academically sound.

But have these discussions! Just focus on the art, the trends, and the culture. Don't focus on the person. Because if your goal is debunking her, you've already lost. Right now, people are throwing so much shit at her, hoping it sticks. Seriously. A journalist literally investigated whether or not she actually made a police report when people were threatening her life, and another prominent blogger demanded police report numbers from her. Neither of these people are entitled to that information. They're trying so hard to catch her up in a lie, that they're losing sight of what they're doing, and how silly and unethical it looks. Why does Anita have to be discredited, if her points are not valid? If her arguments are wrong, discuss them. 

Right now, publishers are buying reviews. Right now, publishers are giving large amounts of money and other perks to journalists in order to skew the public perception and influence, both positively and negatively, game sales. Right now, Metacritic is being used to determine whether or not designers get to keep their jobs. Right now, AAA executives are cutting women and LGBT characters out of games in development, because of "the core demographic". These are huge problems. These are problems we want to talk about. These are problems we want to fix. 

We aren't going to smile and nod while hundreds of people dogpile a couple of people's sex lives. We're not going to cheer you on while muckrakers are hounding people for answers to stupid, invasive questions they shouldn't be asking. We want a better industry. But we feel that what we're seeing, or at least the bulk of what we're seeing is making a worse industry. ___This is an excellent summation of #gamergate.

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2014-09-14 19:05:54 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Not sure if proud or frightened.

Not sure if proud or frightened.___

2014-09-13 02:53:25 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Scrivener thinks "ax" is correct and "axe" is incorrect. So does Firefox, apparently. What say you, Pluskatopians?

Scrivener thinks "ax" is correct and "axe" is incorrect. So does Firefox, apparently. What say you, Pluskatopians?___

2014-09-12 22:04:51 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Check out @alan_tudyk's Tweet: https://twitter.com/alan_tudyk/status/510526976126251008

Check out @alan_tudyk's Tweet: https://twitter.com/alan_tudyk/status/510526976126251008___

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2014-09-12 17:04:51 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s) 

And my spoiled children can watch it whenever they want... :)

Today in Geek History: In 1981, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends premiered as a Saturday morning cartoon. Wake up or you're gonna miss the show!___And my spoiled children can watch it whenever they want... :)

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2014-09-12 16:32:22 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s) 

YES! We need this in our living room, because the couch in the middle of the room is really too low down for gaming from. The ceiling fan may present a problem.

This is specifically for +Mona Lisa Overdrive.

#everythingIsAwesome  ___YES! We need this in our living room, because the couch in the middle of the room is really too low down for gaming from. The ceiling fan may present a problem.

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2014-09-12 16:30:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Breakfast, Desayuno, nom.
Below is a recipe which you MUST follow PRECISELY to the letter in order to get it right. Any deviation whatsoever WILL NOT BE tolerated. First, root around in your fridge with your coffee in your hand. Realize the coffee is in peril, and place it carefull...

Breakfast, Desayuno, nom.
Below is a recipe which you MUST follow PRECISELY to the letter in order to get it right. Any deviation whatsoever WILL NOT BE tolerated. First, root around in your fridge with your coffee in your hand. Realize the coffee is in peril, and place it carefull...___

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2014-09-12 14:22:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s) 

Oh, Death.

___Oh, Death.

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2014-09-12 14:19:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Too cute. <3

It's all about perspective. Insignificant: http://j.mp/1uylYc5 by LunarBaboon___Too cute. <3

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2014-09-11 23:13:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s) 

<3

Just say it out loud..
Loooooovely!___<3

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2014-09-11 20:06:46 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s) 

From the division of Technology is Awesome...

Three-year-old boy gets a 3D-printed prosthetic Iron Man hand
http://geekologie.com/2014/09/good-lookin-3-year-old-gets-prosthetic-i.php

#3dprinting   #ironman   #prosthetics  ___From the division of Technology is Awesome...

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2014-09-11 13:20:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Pluskatopians of the InterWebs... I can't talk about this right now because I'm too busy implementing it, but please discuss. :)

Pluskatopians of the InterWebs... I can't talk about this right now because I'm too busy implementing it, but please discuss. :)___

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2014-09-11 03:11:38 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 66 +1s) 

Hehehehe...

#hipsters  ___Hehehehe...

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2014-09-10 23:15:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s) 

The Internet may seem a little different today.

That spinning wheel of death could soon become a reality. The Federal Communications Commission proposal would effectively end net neutrality, the free and open internet we all depend on.

Evan Greer, campaign director of website Fight for the Future, talks about Internet Slowdown Day. Sites that will be affected by the end of net neutrality such as Netflix and Vimeo will feature the loading wheel to encourage users to take action in the five days before the FCC stops receiving comments about their proposal.

Learn more at https://www.battleforthenet.com/

The Internet may seem a little different today.

That spinning wheel of death could soon become a reality. The Federal Communications Commission proposal would effectively end net neutrality, the free and open internet we all depend on.

Evan Greer, campaign director of website Fight for the Future, talks about Internet Slowdown Day. Sites that will be affected by the end of net neutrality such as Netflix and Vimeo will feature the loading wheel to encourage users to take action in the five days before the FCC stops receiving comments about their proposal.

Learn more at https://www.battleforthenet.com/___

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2014-09-10 13:19:24 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Word. Have I shown you guys my new coffee mug yet? I really should. For some inexplicable reason, our office coffee maker is in a shared conference room, which has a meeting every morning from like 9-12. So, if you want to make coffee here, you have to have the balls to walk in on a meeting, nonchalantly saunter to the back of the room, and make coffee. Oh, and then of course come back when it's done. So, I bought myself a travel mug that looks like a gigantic, purple Solo cup. Given the sky today, though, I may still be end up sauntering through that meeting... or sending one of my awesome co-workers. ;)

It's a rainy, blah day. I think I need another cup.

#morning  ___Word. Have I shown you guys my new coffee mug yet? I really should. For some inexplicable reason, our office coffee maker is in a shared conference room, which has a meeting every morning from like 9-12. So, if you want to make coffee here, you have to have the balls to walk in on a meeting, nonchalantly saunter to the back of the room, and make coffee. Oh, and then of course come back when it's done. So, I bought myself a travel mug that looks like a gigantic, purple Solo cup. Given the sky today, though, I may still be end up sauntering through that meeting... or sending one of my awesome co-workers. ;)

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2014-09-10 02:18:01 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

I loled. +Jason Lempka looked at me like I was crazy.

I loled. +Jason Lempka looked at me like I was crazy.___

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2014-09-10 01:37:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s) 

As is her right.

+Flying Spaghetti Monster , +Amber Petchey 

As is her right.

+Flying Spaghetti Monster , +Amber Petchey ___

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2014-09-10 01:13:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s) 

With thanks to my friend +Amy Gabriel , who is brave to share her story, and kind to share her strength. 

I'm deeply disturbed. You knew that already... but not in the way you're thinking. 

This whole Ray Rice incident has brought much needed focus and attention to the Domestic Violence situation that thousands deal with every single day. My thoughts are jumbled and dislodged, as this issue hits so close to home... both personally and professionally. So bear with... this is going to be a long one. 

I spent a good portion of my counseling career as a Domestic Violence therapist specializing in treating Addiction and DV. I developed and implemented an Intensive Outpatient Program to treat both issues simultaneously... gave seminars and speeches to law enforcement / Attorney Generals / probation departments / hospitals... et cetera et cetera. Thousands of people heard me and considered me at the top of my field.  

Six years I did this. Six years I testified in court cases, watched women and men that I learned to care for come back beaten and battered... again and again. I've been threatened by my patient's abusers with knives, guns, shanks, fists, lawsuits. I've been spit on, screamed at, harassed and threatened; every method to intimidate a person... has been done to my person.  

A little before that time... I met and married my first husband. At that time I was an Addictions specialist working in long term residential AoD treatment. They gave me the biggest, most badass patients. Why? Because I wasn't scared. I'd survived my own battles with addiction, lived the hard life, and come out the other side with a degree from college and was valedictorian of the school of hard knocks. 

Perhaps I reached out to the Domestic Violence population because I couldn't understand what was going on with my own life. Maybe I worked with them as a therapist because I COULD help other men and women get away... even when I couldn't escape my own nightmare. 

Never had I been treated that way before. Seeing the signs and UNDERSTANDING the signs are two completely different things. You see, batterers are a different breed. They are without true remorse. Empathy does not exist. Selfish and self centered, batterers make excuse after excuse for their behaviors, blaming the world at large for their lack of caring for YOU.

Sociopaths. Can't. Change. 

Sure they can manipulatively "manage" their abusive behavior. They're really REALLY good at that.  Anger management is a joke. Battering is NOT anger. Sure it seems that way, but it is NOT about anger... it's about CONTROL. They very best way to get someone to behave is fear. Fear of someone finding out or a flying fist or messing with your family or or or... you get the idea. 

It usually never starts with full out abuse. When my ex-husband laughed at me while I cried and then blamed it on a bad day at work, I should've seen it. Or the next time, weeks and weeks later, when he punched a hole in our apartment door because he was upset about not having a relationship with his father (total bullshit btw), I should've known. Or when, a month after that, he complained that I wasn't "hip" enough and threw out some of my clothes... yeah... that should've been a sign. When he wanted to get married really quickly, another red flag. All signs I taught my patients, all things I knew at a cognitive level. 

What you need to realize people, is that batterers are patient and cunning. They prey on "helper" types, the kind hearted peeps that "understand" that people have difficulties. Empathetic people that always give others the benefit of the doubt are victims waiting to happen. Batterers are exemplary at the 'honeymoon' stage, making you feel that you are the single most amazing person on the planet after they've broken you down. 

It doesn't happen quickly (usually). Years passed and before I knew it, I had three babies and was a stay at home mom with no friends and no one to turn to. I had a husband who drank all the time/swore at me/belittled me. I had married a man who didn't really like to work but liked to spend lots of money. How did I get here? How could this happen? The once kick ass strong confident woman was replaced with this worn out/worn down victim with no way out. 

I was in denial. We're all in denial of something. It's our defense mechanism to protect us from our mistakes. Admitting that you made a mistake in who you CHOSE to be with, is hard as fuck. Somewhere/somehow you believe that you since you chose this person... you work it out. If people knew then somehow you'd be less of a person to "take it" like you have for so long. (This is called victim shaming. Stop doing it.)

In response to the Ray Rice incident I've seen a lot of "She still married him after he hit her. She must like it." 

No. We don't LIKE it. We think that somehow/someway if we just LOVE that person enough... HELP them enough... UNDERSTAND them enough... that it'll BE enough for them to change. 

Batterers. Do. Not. Change. 

If you view someone as property, how can they EVER become equals? 

The first physically violent incident was my last, in my marriage to a monster. It took eight years to get to that point but boy did he make up for it. Thrown into walls, kicked in the abdomen dozens of times with steel toed boots, choked, attacked with household items... I still carry the physical scars with me to this day. I have no abdominal muscles left leaving me at the mercy of surgeons every few years to replace the mesh that holds me together (quite literally). Abdominal binders and pain are my constant companions. It's a constant reminder to me of the way things used to be. 

That was a lifetime ago. That broken battered woman remembered somewhere deep down inside that she still had some kick ass left in her. She remembered that she was strong and brave and powerful. She left that motherfucker to rot. She got a shit retail job and worked her way up to corporate interviews in a Fortune 40 company. She kept her house and took care of her three kids even with no child support. Somedays she only had enough money left over after paying bills to buy a few chiclets but that was okay. She prospered. She found love again. She raised beautiful children. 

She survived. Is still surviving. And no... she... I... DIDN'T LIKE IT. 

The response of the NFL is sickening to me. Why did you have her at a press conference APOLOGIZING for HER PART??? Why did you need a video to "get it"? Well because we still live in the world of "She chose it, she must've liked it". 

It's not that fucking simple. As far as we've come as women, we're still inferior in many eyes. It's still okay to catcall and whistle and ogle and flirt and holler at us. It's still okay to see us as objects to sell everything from hamburgers to hotwheels. It's still perfectly normal to view us from the outside in. It's still okay that women get paid less than men. It's still okay that when we defend ourselves about these issues we're told "You've come a long way baby" which is just a hip way to say "Shut the fuck up" or "She stayed, she must've liked it". 

SHE. (I) DID. NOT. LIKE. IT. 

Stop fucking saying that shit. 

(Men are also Domestic Violence victims. More than you think. I've written a lengthy post about this too http://sassifiable.com/men-are-battered-too) ___With thanks to my friend +Amy Gabriel , who is brave to share her story, and kind to share her strength. 

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2014-09-10 01:06:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

This brought a smile to my face.

It will be a sad day when Willie's not around to do cool shit like this. ___This brought a smile to my face.

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2014-09-10 01:01:12 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s) 

What a fantastic sense of humor he has.

Mel Brooks wore a prosthetic sixth finger while leaving his hand prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday___What a fantastic sense of humor he has.

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2014-09-08 23:23:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Oy, artists! Mat make you shinies, you draw him raven wrist tatts.

A request for help with Design/Art.

I would like a tattoo. Two tattoos, one on each wrist. I would like them to be ravens, because ravens are cool. I do not really want to just grab images off Google, I'd like something unique. I have a style or two in mind, but I'm crap at drawing.

I am not about to insult anyone by asking them to work for free, but I do not have much cash money. I do, however, have precious metal and skills to work with it. So I'm offering an exchange - bespoke jewellery in return for artwork.

If anyone is interested in helping, or knows someone who might be, please do get in touch. I'll make you something cool, I promise. Someone with some experience of designing for skin would be best but not essential.

Anyone who doesn't know me can see examples of my work at http://shinium.etsy.com

Image credit: Hiroko Suziki, https://www.flickr.com/photos/hirokicut/___Oy, artists! Mat make you shinies, you draw him raven wrist tatts.

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2014-09-08 17:12:42 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

This is quite possibly my favorite book, ever.

This is quite possibly my favorite book, ever.___

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2014-09-08 16:56:11 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 30 +1s) 

Zombies in the Manger sounds like a punk band.

Zombies In The Nativity

Looks like it's about time to share this again seeing as the Xmas shopping season is being forced upon us by retailers already.

#NoEarlyXmas___Zombies in the Manger sounds like a punk band.

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2014-09-08 01:38:58 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s) 

So... I guess there was a sportsball game of some sort recently?

I can't..😂😂😂
#herewego___So... I guess there was a sportsball game of some sort recently?

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2014-09-08 01:37:52 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s) 

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
I love this. I love that things like this are now shared around the internet, so that geeks like us can revel in them. <3

___You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
I love this. I love that things like this are now shared around the internet, so that geeks like us can revel in them. <3

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2014-09-07 21:35:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Relevant to the interests of my tentacular pluskatopians...

Just reaching out to my favorite geek bloggers and like-minded gamers. My wife is illustrating - and Kenneth Hite is writing greetings for - some Cthulhu Claus Holiday cards I am Kickstarting.

Sorry for the spam, but we are approaching deadline and we can use all the help we can get.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/christianlindke/cthulhu-claus-holiday-cards-wave-2

There are stretch goals that include Sidekick Quest characters, Hero Kids characters, and a Savage Worlds one sheet adventure.___Relevant to the interests of my tentacular pluskatopians...

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2014-09-07 19:39:37 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Very much this .... 

#artwithheart  

Very much this .... 

#artwithheart  ___

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2014-09-07 19:34:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Oh honey...

Following the +Cara Schulz (Almost) Foolproof Mead Making (and putting it to it's self-defined test), +Katey Springle Lempka points out that in reality I'm a cynical bastard because my carboy is always half-empty.

If you zoom in closely you can see the Winnie the Pooh ring of honey around her lips, thus indicating that my carboy previously was full(er). ___Oh honey...

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2014-09-07 00:25:02 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s) 

Probably a paper jam.

Needs atoner___Probably a paper jam.

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2014-09-06 15:25:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

There will be 50+ bands, a dance tent, vendors, concessions, youth performances and activities coordinated by the IBMA Youth Council, an Exhibit Hall, a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Center, and more! | www.wideopenbluegrass.com/free-street-festival | The Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest at World of Bluegrass 2014

There will be 50+ bands, a dance tent, vendors, concessions, youth performances and activities coordinated by the IBMA Youth Council, an Exhibit Hall, a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Center, and more! | www.wideopenbluegrass.com/free-street-festival | The Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest at World of Bluegrass 2014___

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2014-09-06 15:10:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Nicely put.

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During that week people around the world will fire walk to inspire people to believe in themselves that they can do anything they fully believe within their heart...that they are incredible, that they never have to step a single foot on the hot coals to prove it to themselves or anyone else...that together we can not only inspire but energize each other through physics...through a common goal of wanting to be the best we can be ...for when we're in that space we're able to do our best to help another ... who will in return will help us just be being the best they can be....  (。◕‿◕。) it's the circle of life that gets better and better as you continue to move forward  (。◕‿◕。)___Nicely put.

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2014-09-06 15:09:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Something about this ad makes me want to turn on my WoW subscription JUST for Brewfest and Halloween. Is that... weird?

Spill it, +Peter Lanner .. you put them up to this, eller hur?___Something about this ad makes me want to turn on my WoW subscription JUST for Brewfest and Halloween. Is that... weird?

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